New Age spirituality in Latin America
Martin, Kenneth Dwayne
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This dissertation analyzes the possibility of a field of literature called New Age Latin American literature. It identifies a newly emerging worldview that is beginning to appear at the level of mass culture. Through an analysis of texts by Carlos Castañeda, Paulo Coelho, and Alejandro Jodorowsky it elucidates a knowledge paradigm that values experiential knowledge that is garnered through attentive presence and contests the dominant paradigm of reason. The process of becoming that is center to the message presented in New Age Latin American literature is seen as metaphor for the human journey that is represented in travel literature. Through the deconstruction of micro and macronarratives of identity and belief the new paradigm offers the individual an opportunity to rewrite his or her narratives in order to have a happier and more fulfilling life.